Based on the true story about the famous murderers, 'Burke And Hare' follows the hapless exploits of these two men as they fall into the highly profitable business of providing cadavers for the medical fraternity in Nineteenth Century Edinburgh, then the centre of medical learning. The one thing they were short of was bodies.Written by
The dog seen in the first graveyard scene with Burke (Simon Pegg), Hare (Andy Serkis), and the militia, is a reference to a famous Edinburgh story. Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier, who in nineteenth century Edinburgh, spent fourteen years returning to, and guarding, the grave of his owner, John Gray. The movie accurately shows him as being a Skye Terrier, and also shows his Master's name on the grave he guards, John Gray. See more »
During Mad Maggie's hanging, the noose around her neck switches between tightness and looseness in each shot. See more »
Whomsoever he determines has made the greatest advances in the field of medicine will be awarded the Royal Seal, and a handsome monetary reward.
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This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not. See more »
John Landis' Burke and Hare is more like a Victorian Laurel and Hardy
Burke and Hare is a fast-paced, fun filled riot and the title roles are inhabited brilliantly by Simon Pegg (as William Burke) and Andy Serkis (as William Hare). Harking back to the good old American Werewolf days, Burke and Hare joyfully plays with your expectations, creating characters you like and sympathise with and then making you squirm as they nonchalantly murder their way through Edinburgh. Andy Serkis proves that he is the most easily likable man in the world with his earnest, all or nothing approach to acting, and as he reasons that mankind's fate is sealed the moment they're born, you almost find yourself nodding along happily when he suggests "helping them along the way". Simon Pegg has the straighter role, though not by far, as he gleefully goes from love-struck puppy-eyed romantic to monstrously suffocating old ladies in the blink of an eye, his facial expressions, mostly of dim witted "innocence" perfectly contrast with Serkis (Burke's reaction to Hare's coinage of the term "burking" is hilarious). All in all the duo are a perfect pare, thick as thieves and as funny as, well, horrible murderers.
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